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NBA Waiver Wire: Ilyasova, Faried Among Injury Beneficiaries

Alex Rikleen

Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.

This past week, a large number of watch-list players made the jump to recommended adds. Players like Kenneth Faried, J.J. Barea, and Kelly Olynyk – guys you probably checked on but decided weren’t worth adding – are finally producing enough to contribute in 10- or 12-team leagues. Yet, despite the longer-than-usual list of potential adds, Milos Teodosic remains the top recommended player, as his return now looks imminent. He’s followed by a newcomer to this list, Alec Burks, who is surging as a member of the Jazz’s suddenly exciting backcourt.

Managers should take note of the schedule this week. Nineteen of the NBA’s 30 teams play four games, while five teams play only twice. There are 10 or more games on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, but only three on Tuesday and four on Thursday.

A schedule with so many extremes will have a lot of impact on most leagues, so you’ll have to react according to your own settings. Two basic tips:

Managers in weekly leag

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